A day of orange lilies, a green snake and a very pink bride.
We are back in Chicago in Sept. – now is it all about our fantastic last full day in Chicago and still we had the sun glued to our back. Started off with a colorful fruit salad, back at “The Corner Bakery Cafe” (brilliant place for breakfast) … al fresco breakfast beside East Wacker Drive.
I hadn’t back to Lincoln Park since my first visit in Chicago – in June 2001. After I got an AA voucher for giving up my seat on my flight back to the UK from New York. Didn’t know where I wanted to go so I ask the lady I talked at AA where she should have chosen for her destination and she answered straight away Chicago and so it was.
So it was time to go back and I knew AL would love the park – a park that is truly made for the people of Chicago, just on East Coast of Lake Michigan … next to sandy beach. And so much to do … and the “Lincoln Park Zoo” that is FREE!!!!
At Pioneer Court there had been a 3 day Turkish Festival during a couple of days for a fee … but on Saturday it was all for free so we had a quick look around before we jumped on bus 201.
To use buses in Chicago is straight forward and the drivers are always so helpful, it’s all down to having exact change. People are so polite and helpful on the buses too … I haven’t been going on bus that many times, but every time somebody has offered me a seat. Maybe I look really old and tired. *laughing.
We step off the bus a stop too early, but that gave us chance to walk the Nature Boardwalk along the South Pond. We plunged into an urban oasis; a natural ecosystem offers a haven for native birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects and more. What I understand is the Broadwalk opened 2010, a very pleasant walk to the Zoo and it was easy to imagine how busy and colorful it will be in the spring and early summer with all birds nesting and all the flowers. They have done an excellent job with the Broadwalk.
“Lincoln Park” has been singled out as one of the 2009 Great Public Spaces in America, for its world class amenities, historic landmarks and buildings, and for the wide range of activities available to park users. Most notably, Lincoln Park is the result of a commitment by city leaders and citizens to protect 1,200 acres of some of Chicago’s most valuable lakefront real estate for the public’s use and benefit.
If we had gone to a Zoo like the Lincoln Park’s in Sweden it would have cost us in total entries fees about $200 in total, here it was all for free – and the park was very busy. There was something going on in every corner of the park.
When I visit in 2001 I was able to put my hand against a female lion’s paw. She was asleep and had one of her paws up against the glass window to their den and hundred’s of kids and I had the chance to put our hand against her. I think she was very aware of her sleeping position. It was an awesome experience. This time she was sleeping also, but no paw against the glass.
We visit every area of the Zoo; birds, snakes, fishes … giraffes, and the rain forest – many of the big animals was not out and I don’t blame them, the weather was so hot.
I’m not a snake lover, but since I visit New Orleans Zoo, I have a weakness for the green snake – it’s such a beautiful snake. And I think it’s called “Green Snake” – suppose to be harmless – but I was very pleased that there was glass between them and us
We spent nearly 4 hours in the park and we both enjoyed every minute – even if we aren’t any bigger fans of Zoos and keeping animals captured in small areas … I must admit it was difficult to accept, especially the birds they looked all so sad. But I can also see how popular the Zoo is for Chicago families .. And the kids just love it. So it has a big purpose and joy – plus it’s very well layered out.
201 bus back to the Saturday buzzing downtown … stepping off the bus we run into a very pink bird – with 8 guys around her with pink details, hard to say who was the groom. But I think the dress cost too much because she couldn’t afford real flower for her bouquet; pink silk flowers???!!!!!
After our short afternoon nap was it time .. for the last evening and we had a great meal and an evening at the “The Little Goat”, a fun concept where they serve breakfast the whole day – the cheaper version to the very successful “Girl and The Goat” that is located just across off E. Randolph Street. I had the biggest burger ever, GOAT ALMIGHTY – with goat burger . braised beef . bbq pork . pickled jalapenos . salsa verde . onion rings . cheddar. A Grand finale of another fantastic visit.
Randolph Street has become the Mecca of great food in Chicago, top restaurants side by side on both sides.
We walked all the way up to Wacker Drive, where we waved down a cab – my feet had enough by then. Back at the hotel was it time to get down to serious business; the packing.
In morning my blogging sister Bebs and her friend Vivian picked us up for the airport and I something I was so happy over, because the hotel porters was really struggling to get taxi to all the departing guests. . It gave our visit a very personal touch too. Thank you so much, Girls.
Chicago …. I will back for more … it’s a threat and a promise.
“Chicago, mistress of the lakes,
Controller of our inland trade,
The freest city of our states,
What wondrous strides thy fame has made!”
Charles Frederick White